As students and instructors, we follow the example of Master Koichi Tohei, one of the great teachers of our time. Through his life-long training of meditation, breathing, and martial arts he developed teaching methods that make evident many of the elusive qualities of our mind, body and spirit. Simple in their nature, and universal in their application, these principles are the foundation of our training.
We train to improve our lives as we learn. Learning and teaching are two parts of the same process, and students naturally progress to instructional roles as they develop in their training.
The Orange County Ki Society is led by a world-class team of instructors who have dedicated their lives to this training.
The Orange County Ki Society is headed by John Gilmore. Gilmore Sensei has been a student of Tabata Sensei's for over 50 years. He is a 7th degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, an Okuden in Ki Development, a full Ki Lecturer, a Certified Examiner and an Assistant Lecturer in the Personal Kiatsu® School. He has been teaching for over 45 years.
James Tabata is a 2nd degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, a Jokyu in Ki Development and an assistant Ki Lecturer. He has been practicing Aikido for more than 30 years.
Gecole Harley is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Chukyu in Ki Development. She has been training for 9 years and teaching for 2 years.
Riley Wong is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Jokyu in Ki Development. He has been training for 7 years and teaching for 1 year.
Soleil Berkson is a brown belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Chukyu in Ki Development. She has been training for 14 years. She is now teaching after assisting in children's classes for many years
Naomi Hanabusa is a purple belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. She is a teen assistant in the children's program and has been training for 7 years.